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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 71,122 93.30% 72,915 94.48%
Spanish 1,422 1.87% 1,512 1.96%
Other Indo-European* 3,406 4.47% 2,436 3.16%
Asian Language** 212 0.28% 249 0.32%
Other 67 0.09% 65 0.08%
Total Population Age 5+ 76,229 100.00% 77,177 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 503 33.27%
Other Indo-European* 596 24.47%
Asian Language** 47 18.88%
Other Language 6 9.23%
Total 1,152 1.49%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 611 42.97%
Other Indo-European* 1,037 30.45%
Asian Language** 133 62.74%
Other Language 11 16.42%
Total 1,792 2.35%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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